TOP TIP ONE: MIDWEEK TRAVEL and OFF PEAK TRAVEL If you can travel when other people don’t want to, this will always save you money. The simplest example is midweek city breaks which are nearly always cheaper than those at the weekend. It is also cheaper to travel in “low season” months such as November, January and February than peak months such as September and October.
If you travel over holiday periods such as Bank Holidays, or for a particular event such as a sporting fixture or trade show, this will always increase the price. But don’t forget, at Cities Direct we are happy to quote for any departure date, and any duration. And if you book with us, you will be covered by our Price Promise.
TOP TIP TWO: BOOK EARLY Cities Direct, the City Breaks Specialist, takes calls every day from people looking for last minute deals to their favourite city destination, unfortunately they are always disappointed. For City Breaks, the later you book the more expensive your holiday will be. You may be used to package holidays based on charter flights which are often much cheaper if booked within two or three days of travel, but this is NOT true in the City Break market. So remember the Top Tip - book early and save money.
TOP TIP THREE: LOOK AT OTHER ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS Good central 2 or 3 star properties are our lowest priced hotels. However, in some cities we do have other accommodation which is either very basic, or is located further out of the city centre, but with easy transport links into the city centre. If you would be happy to accept a lower standard or a less central hotel, then please let us know and we can tell you know how much money you will save.
TOP TIP FOUR: BE FLEXIBLE Be as flexible as you can with your travel plans. By changing departure and return dates, your holiday destination, the hotel rating or your UK departure airport we can often save you money. Let us know if you can be flexible and we can get back to you with our most competitive quote.
TOP TIP FIVE: ASK CITIES DIRECT No two quotes are the same, and Cities Direct staff have a wealth of knowledge on the cities we offer and the cheapest options. Talk to us and discuss what you are looking for, we are always happy to let you have our advice and recommendations for your short break.
TOP TIP SIX: PAY BY SWITCH OR DELTA, NOT CREDIT CARD The UK clearing banks now charge travel companies a very high fee for accepting payment by credit cards, and we therefore have to pass some of this charge on to our clients, currently 2.5% of the selling price. To avoid this charge, simply pay for your holiday by debit card, it’s as simple as that!!